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~, ]1 ..................... Thursday, No mmbm" 20, --- 3 to Gilmer's girl's volleyball team & GSC WW II project the girls at Gilmer :lidnl want to be up- the boys. g)on the heels of the GCHS vinning of the Class A yReale's 1 all three classes, Girls Volleyball team shot of lightning through Class A the state by becom- themselves. John Nicolais's brought home the State by besting two opponents. commend Coach Asst. Coach Mickey Metz, the team's members: Cristin Williams, Shannon Szabo, Carnal Roberson, Emma Smith, Crystal Metz, ;, Andrea Starcher, An- Amber Lowther. COmpiled a 45-7 season's to the State Champion 0t of talent petitive edge Superiorly for them, espe- g us proud! War H veterans at GSC Nov. 8th's special banquet arca's World War II veterans ac and gratifying success. s commented to me, wait for 60 years to do question, showing that we ) more in rune with the wOn n have guarded at,d/or preserve our freedoms over the m this generation, owe State College's dinner and its WW II Veterans' project are right in line with be done." place in the Heflin Student Union the Colorful iaJ public kick-off of World War II Oral History The Corcoran i ti column Jlllll initiative. Dr. Michael Gherke, a history teacher and project coordinator, is the dynamic force behind this effort. And, his students are no slouches, either, having already begun to record the biographical sketches and memories of several area WW II veterans. For example, Jim Bettis, a history major, has interviewed one veteran of the second Great War three times. So, he's collected much good informa- tion that can be preserved for posterity as a part of the larger historic preservation project un- der a grant from the Vandalia Heritage Foun- dation of U. S. Congressman Alan Mollohan. Many W'W II veterans, being humble people by disposition, don't want to relate their trium- phal moments of that war to anyone. That's understandable, but of no help to either future historians or their descendants. What the Oral History Project does is to make certain that each of these veterans -- whether they con- sider their military service important or not -- is accurately written down, stored and made available as time goes on to those people in future generations who are interested in him or her. As a result, a veteran, or his thoughts, can live forever via this project. I know that having NOT heard the stories of my now deceased brother who fought in WW H. I've been denied a crucial source of family history that perhaps would have been impor- tant to me and my children. Charles, my oldest brother, was a navigator on one of the B-29 bombers that pounded Germany during the war. In those early years of dangerous night- time navigation, I'm certain that it took a lot of courage to step into one of those planes, to take off, and not to know if you'd ever return the next morning. In facL he suffered with night- mares for the rest of his life because of those wartime experiences. As a result, by participating in the GSC project, he may have gained some mental relief from his troubling thoughts. It's good to get certain things off your chest! War affects different people in different ways, and while I always admired and respected my oldest brother, I didn't under~aand him. If a sympa- thetic third party, like a GSC student, had interviewed him, that may have just been the right therapy to ease his memories, anguish and fears. So, for all of you veterans, you may find out that these upcoming interviews are not only instructive to the interviewer but also thera- peutic to those of you who choose to be interviewed. If you served in World War II and haven't been contacted yet, please call Dr. Gherke at his GSC office at 304-462-7361, Ext. 7272. If he is not there, please leave a message --- he'll return your call ASAP. Finally, remember that you are invited to view the growing World War I1 display at the Robert F. Kidd College Library on the GSC campus. It has a lot of nifty memorabilia dealing with the war. Mr. Reale gets boner Philip A. Reale, a Glenville attorney and Gilmer County civic, economic and youth leader, was recently selected as the "2003 Giimer County Democrat of the Year." The local Democratic Executive Commit- tee and Democratic Women's Club chose Mr. Reale for his past and current achievements in advancing the Democratic Party and its candi- dates. Currently, he's been working to get the Democratic legislators re-elected as their cam- paign chair. In past years, he's served the state's Demo- crats in a variety of posts, notably being Cal- houn County's Prosecuting Attorney from 1979-1981, Governor Gaston Caperton'sChief of Staff from ! 988-90, and his Campaign for Re-election Manager in 1992. For his "Gilmer County Democrat of the Year" recognition, he was honored on Oct. ! 9 at a Gilmer County Democratic BBQ at the Recreation Center and, again, on Nov. 8, at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner at Continued on Page 5 Ill . i / of an oldtimer --- Formality or respect 'MissMary.'Ineverheardanyofthemusefirst is unbecoming for me to tell people he is a - names! To understand 'Miss Mar~y', one needs doctor." (Ph.D. not M.D.) lmmyCartermadeabasicchangeto know that the eldest unmarried girl in a Classes were still f n nal Gle villr. ., which surely has l'md family would have heard the more formal whcnlenteredasaf~h_wamin193g.Iknew ramifications. I am thinking aboat name. My Aunt Ivy, who taught at-the college my new fellow students only as'Miss Hardin', here, was "Miss Myers.' When Per sisters vis- ?dr. Ward', etc. In class I was 'Miss Myers' imy," he told us. lied, they were "Miss Emma', "Miss Rachel', (not Miss Frances), even with instructors I called'Olive' until and 'Miss Mabel.' had known since I was seven years old, i,e. hip in the 1980s and hospital All this continued in rural Virginia long Mr. Wagner, Miss Brand and Mr. Hickman. her by her fu'st name. Dadenough that it affected me as a second daugh- What does all this have to do with respect? from the time I can re- ter. Dad called me Tancie' and the farm help Familiarity breeds contempt! (When Mark there was an exception when called me 'Miss Fancie' even when I was a Twain wrote it in 1935, he added "and chii- visited; they had known her teenager. (I hated it!) dren') 1 don't need to belabor the fact that were college students and Dad was 'Dr. Myers' to the general public, respect for authority has disintegrated into a be Dad's wife! but Mother always referred to him as 'Mr. sorry state. The names we use are evidence friends for her last 50 or so Myers.' When I asked her about it, she said "It arM, I believe, part of the cause. Mrs. Woods', 'Mrs. Guild', and e ~m ii June Mollohan Bell's generosity to the Gilmer County Ambulance Authority needs a public explanation and commendation explained as a past member of a small town future and entered this in her Last Will and letter to let the citizens of Volunteer Fire Department, one major way Testament. Jnty know that June Mollohan we got funds to help in purchasing equipment So I take great pride and commend June August 2% 2002, in her Last andhelpingthecommunity,wasrunningbingo Mollahan Bell for donating to a very f;76,546.47andstipu- every Wed. night. I sit and think about this. If good cause. to the Gilmer County we would have only bad people like June to In ending, I find it very odd nothing has Service so it could be applied help our efforts how much easicr and appreci, been communiicated by this Ambulance and/or maintenanoe of ated it would have been for us to achieve our Servbice to the citizens of Gilmer County of to said Ambulance Ser- goals much sooner, this good deed and felt it was time to share year a check was donated June had been one to help family or friends, this with you.Thank you, amount, from stories I have been told, so on April 28, funds were handed over, the 1998, June must have found a way to leave Danny M. Sherwood, Jr. Was asked, why was it left to us? I funds that would help many people in the Pa/nesv///e, Oh/o untaineer we wimessed thousands of being deployed to the was executed to end the reign of terror upon our fellow human beings. As ' concerns stand the empty cabinets and refrigerators. Virginia counties,programs help our Try to imagine your neighbor, your neighbor's friends and neighbors fill the gap when their chiidren or even a family member who comes pockets are empty. From 2000-2002, to your church having been hungry the night Moutaineer Food Bank distributed 15.5 mil- befo!:e, Think of the children whose only good, lion pounds of product to agencies, feeding nutritious meals arc served in the school caf- programs, soup kitchens, etc. etena. Are they getting proper nutrition during To be, come part of this effort, simply make , dentist appoint- the summer months? a eheck payable to "Mountaineer Food Bank" seemed unimportant. Our fami-This letter gives the readers ofour newspa- and mail it in to the below address. Remem- more precious to us than before, pers the oplxmunity to be a Mountaineer Food bet. Every dollar you donate generates $14-64 m spite of the shift in our focus, BankCaringDonorandtobepartofthefuture worth of product to be distributed to hungry mg to bed hungry-just as theyefforts to feed hungry West Virginians. West Virignians. Watch your mail for your inception of Operation Iraqi Mountaineer Food Bank was established in Caring Donor card. your donation is tax de- 1981 and has provided food for thousands of ductible. :cost of living is rising, and many in- hungry West Virginians. Mountaineer Food Car/a Nard//a g st-etched Bank receives donations of food from whole- Executive Direaor s of medicine, etc. Hungry sifters, grocers, manufacturers and corpora- Mountaineer Food Bank . and it is hard tions within West Virginia arm across the 180 Enterprise Drive how difficult life is for people United States. As part of America's Second Gassaway, WV26624 about where the next meal will Harvest. Mountaineer Food Bank uses dona- ngry children don't under- tions to supply feeding programs in 48 West Letters Continned on Page 5 Our 'Letters to the Editor" Policy ....... " in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are M~ys at 10 a,m for that on the letters, week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as paM long been the sounding boards for political, per- advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. patriotic views and this paper is no exception! 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YOur ldenhty can he verified, but you may still be required to sign the ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ tOng-standing policy oft,his aewspaper has always been that iL in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegattons about another or issue, that the other parly be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the Y~ in order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical pnnciples of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news j i iiiii iiiii iiiiiii i iiiiiiii With the start of the gun Deer Season next week, many hunters will be converging on Giimer County. You're all welcome! And, for many of you out-of-county and out-of-state folks, the gun season coincides with your family's Thanksgiving Holiday here in your native Giimer County and the surrounding area. Thus, this hunting mason means even more to you. Be assured that we editors wish you every happiness during your family's reunion for Thanksgiving. In addition, for those of you who don't have family here, you're welcome, too. Be assured that our local businesses, many of which are found advertising in this issue of the newspaper, are ready and willing to help you in any way they can. Our business men and women know that you've been looking forward to this hunting season, and want it to be pulled off smoothly. It's been my experience while living in Gienville that our area's business people are very knowledgeable and for the stores, that they stock up the right supplies for the hunting season. So, if you run short of anything, just consult the advertisements on these pages in order to find what you need. For you strangers to Giimer County, don't forget that a good place to meet new, friendly people and to get some hunting advice to boot is at the popular, annual Thanksgiving & Deer Hunter's Dinner from 5:00-to-7:00 p.m. on this Sun., Nov. 23 at the Cedarville Firehouse. The leadership of the sponsoring Cedarville Community Association put together a fabulous, low-cost meal at this time of the year because they know that many of you are far from your homes and may miss your family's Thanksgiving Dinner. Hence, they want to provide a family and small town atmo- sphere for you to enjoy in a "home away from home." Finally, we wish you a very successful hunt, but, at the same time, we ask you to be mindful, respectful and careful of other people's property, particularly on the farms where you hunt. All farmers have to work hard to make ends meet, soif they lose a few cows or have fences damaged during each hunting season, their year's profits may be spoiled. This is bad for farming, but, moreso, bad for hunting. Nevertheless, best of luck and have your best hunting season ever! DHC, Sr., Publi er-Editor Community Resources, Inc. needs help at Thanksgiving and Christmas Every year at this holiday season, Community Resources, Inc. (CRI), needs donations of food, money, and toys. Located on South Lewis Street just a short distance across the bridge in downtown Glenville, CRI is our Gilmer County social service agency, making a big difference in the lives of those who really need the help. CRI's food pantry, thrift shop and, most recently, "lsaby t..toset are avattatqe to anyone whois truly in financially-bad straits. At the current time, however, the food pantry is rather bare --- of food. Gifts from the general public of non-perishable foods or money to purchase them a-e, therefore, very badly needed. Just this past Sunday, an unemployed man told this editor that he had run out of food and that CRI made the difference of whether or not he'd eat on some days. So, CP3 does do a lot of good work. In addition to the food pantry, the CRI Building, also, houses the new Gilmer County "Baby Closet." Established and operated by the new Americorps workers, Sandra Harding and Sandra Hess, the closet is asking people to donate new, or gently used, baby blankets, infant clothing, toys, combs, brushes, diapers, pacifiers, lotions, powders, or any other newborn help item to this closet. Baskets for new mothers are then made up, thereby cheering them up at this important time in their lives. If a business or individual can afford to donate a larger present, such as baby furniture, car seats, changing tables, or bassinets, that would be fantastic, too. But, remember that, unlike CRI, Americorps can't accept cash contributions, only donated Baby Closet items. The CRI office is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Or, for further information, call 304-462-8698. Your help, too, can make a difference! DHC, Sr. Another view DEAD and THE EDGE J O00 MOUNTED: OF THE OFFICE, GILMER COUNTY & DEER HUNTERS -- One of the most anticipated events of the fall and winter is Deer Hunting Season which will be starting next week for gun hunters. Bow season is currently in progress. As a result, excitement is in the air -- a condition that sparked the thought that ted to the above "cow-toon." George Harper, our newspaper's award-winning cartoonist and a retired Glenvilie State College art professor, likes to put "the conversations" of a lot of cows in his cartoons; hence, they're more aptly called, "cow-toons." In this current cartoon, he, likewise, makes his point using the cows.One other point that should also be considered is that during deer season, a number of farm animals, like these Harper cows themselves, are sometimes mistaken for being deer, and are shot by hunters. As a result, our Gilmer County farmers ask not only that you request permission to hunt on their property but also that you be respectful and careful not to injure any of their cows, goats, chickens, any other farm animal or property. For you experienced and annual hunters coming to Gilmer County, thars no problem. But, for first-timers, use extreme caution when hunting in our area's hills and fields! Then, you'll never lose your welcome. Thank you! DHC, Sr. ! i , . /1___J/,/J 1~ J. Dmaatt./. ow, ar-,,n, lb., P.O. Box 458; 101t N. Cou St., Glenvllle, WV 26351